Horse Pens 40 Bouldering

Horse Pens 40

Alabama has a renowned bouldering park called Horse Pens 40. North of Birmingham 30 minutes in Steele, AL rests an amazing bouldering park. Complete with RV and primitive camping, hot showers, water and electric hook-ups, a country restaurant and country store.

 

Horse Pens 40
Horse Pens 40

 

Historic Horse Pens 40 (HP40) is run by the “Shultz family and is located atop a mountain surrounded by serenity and clean air. Everyone is encouraged to explore the beautiful trails among the unique and amazing rock formations that give Horse Pens 40 their worldwide fame.” (HP40)

 

HP40 hosts 3 bouldering competitions a year: Chandler Mountain Challenge, HP40 Rocks, Triple Crown Bouldering series. The rock is sand rock and is some of the best “slopers” in bouldering. There are 272 bouldering routes in the park!

 

Climbing
Climbing

 

The weekend we arrived at HP40 they were hosting the CukoRakko Music and Arts Festival! We thought we would just boulder and camp. We almost turned back, but we are SO glad we didn’t!

 

An amazing weekend was had by all! 2 nights of camping, 3 days of exploring and bouldering, great live music and tons of local beer!

reading the maps
Reading the maps

 

We rented a crash pad and a guidebook from the country store. We packed the little ones “rescue pack” and grabbed our climbing shoes. We headed to the rocks after breakfast. It took a minute to navigate the huge park, but once we had our baring, we hit the wall.

 

The little one watched, tried and pretended to have her toys climb as well. She enjoyed her snacks and dug in the dirt; picked flowers and grabbed sticks.

Rescue Pack
Rescue Pack

 

The weather was perfect, even a little chilly but nothing we weren’t prepared for. The concerts at night sang us to sleep, and the morning sun warmed the people doing yoga in the open field.

 

A few food trucks were on site, along with a beer truck complete with multiple taps on the outside of the truck. Hot coffee was served from another vendor, along with roasted corn!

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Our campsite didn’t have access to a fire pit, so there were no smores for us, but we did enjoy the smell of campfires from the other sites near us. We hung our ENO hammock and at night before bed the little one would swing in it with her daddy and look at the stars while rocking to the music.

 

It was a perfect weekend. We are very glad we attended and will definitely be back throughout the year!

 

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Stage

2 Southern Bells and a Cowboy – Moving to a New State

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We have ARRIVED! We are now two southern bells and a cowboy (at least for a year)! We have been absent from the blog for a short while due to moving to a new state. That’s right, we packed up and moved from Virginia to Alabama in a quick 20 days! Its been a whirlwind of boxes, brown paper and goodwill donations.

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Movers are here

Donald’s work gave us a VERY short notice to pack up and move to a new location. So we complied. Isn’t that what everyone would do? (LOL). We sent him down here 2 weeks after we received notice. I stayed behind with the little lady and waited for the movers.

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Last Friday I started the 12-hour trek south on hwy 95. We made a quick stop in Raleigh, NC to visit a long time friend I hadn’t seen in nearly 10 years! It was a night of laughs, wine, and kids playing “batman cave” till way past their bedtime!

 

 

Day two of the drive was the part that made me nervous. 9 hours in the car with a 2 year old and no one to help me. But to my surprise she did AMAZING! We had no wet pants, no breakdowns and no fights getting back in her car seat! It was so AWESOME!

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Random peach….
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ATL! Almost there!

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Soooo Close!

 

We drove to the new, yet temporary, home we will be in for a mere 9 months. Then where…who knows! But we love the adventures!

 

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Together again!
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Together Again!

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Moving Across the States with a 2 year old!  - www.AdventureFamilyInMotion.com
Moving Across the States with a 2 year old!